Yesterday as I was walking home from the train in the 35 degree weather, I looked down and saw something pretty amazing. . . flowers poking through the dead leaves. A sincere promise that spring is actually coming this year. Not that I had any doubts -- well, I had some doubts, this is Chicago after all, but this was a very uplifting sight.
One of the things I love about living in Chicago is that it is one of the few places I've lived where I enjoy all four seasons immensely. Yes, even winter. (Before you call me insane, let me point out that I don't have a car and therefore winter does not consist of driving or scraping windshields or digging my car out of a snow drift.) I get to embrace all the fun/pretty parts of winter and even enjoy bundling up and walking through it to get to the train at the wee hours of the morning. (Okay, maybe I'm a little insane.) But like a sane person, even I have my limits and usually by March I am ready to welcome Spring with open arms.
For me, Spring is writing season. This is the time of year I typically wake up out of my writing coma and enter into about six months of solid productivity. I've always felt that the first day of Spring would be a much more logical time to make resolutions than on January 1. I think the energy and warmth (well, promised warmth) of a new season is actually more conducive to making positive change than the dead of winter.
With Spring in mind, I've added a new component to my website. You'll notice a new item on the menu above: Inspiration Gallery. Here, I've begun to upload pictures of things I see that inspire me to write. It is mostly a way for me to stash all my random ideas in one place in the hopes that someday I will have time to get back to them. However, the likelihood of me writing something from every idea I get, especially this time of year, is slim to none. So I thought I would put them in a public place so that other writers could browse through and maybe get some ideas of their own. If you click on any picture in the gallery, you will be taken to another page with my thoughts on the photo. There isn't much there yet, but I hope to add to it regularly.
Happy Spring, everybody! Now get to writing!
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